Thursday, December 4, 2003

Fidler Dumped

Published: December 4, 2003
Councilmen Bill de Blasio and Albert Vann announced yesterday that they had enough support to wrest control of the 17-member Brooklyn delegation of the City Council from Councilman Lewis Fidler. No date has been set for a vote by the delegation, but Mr. Fidler said yesterday that he would fight any attempted ouster. The councilmen produced a petition signed by 12 delegation members endorsing Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Vann as co-chairmen for the 2004 term. ''We didn't achieve as much as we think we were capable of doing,'' Mr. Vann, a Democrat, said. ''The overriding issue is, members really want to see new leadership every so often.'' The move would also place Mr. de Blasio in a better position to fill the speaker's job in 2005, when Gifford Miller must give up the post because of term limits. Mike McIntire (NYT)

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